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Florida Nurse Aide Exam: Everything You Should Know


The Nurse Aide Exam is a tool to evaluate the nursing skills of certified nursing assistants. There are many challenges to becoming a CNA initially. You must get a high school diploma to enroll in the state approved training programs. After its completion, you have to pass the CNA exam to get certified and start your job. It is the final test for CNA to prove his abilities, knowledge, and skills. Another Nurse Aide Exam is CNA Exam, and different states have different names. In Florida CNA Exam is Known as Florida Nurse Aide Exam.

Is It Hard to Pass the Exam?

If CNAs lack the knowledge and haven’t perfectioned their skills up to the mark, the CNA exam will be challenging for them to pass. For many certified nursing assistants, the Exam is challenging as they don’t know the structure of the Exam, how many MCQs will come from different topics, and how many skills they can be tested on during the Exam. Knowing all these things will help them with exam prep and pass without difficulty.

In this article, we have included all the information related to the CNA exam structure in Florida, the number of MCQs from different topics, and the skills a CNA must master to pass the Exam.

CNA Exam

A girl is giving Florida Nurse Aide Exam

Certified nursing assistant play an essential role in enhancing care standards in nursing homes. The nursing reform act, adopted by congress in 1987, aimed to improve evaluation standards and training for CNAs. All states follow the federal government’s guidelines regarding running their CNA programs.

Who Administers the Exam?

There are three leading providers of CNA certification exams – Pearson Vue/ NNAAP, HDMaster, and Prometric. Every state also administers the CNA certification exam and works with a 3rd party to manage and help the examination process.

In Florida, Prometric is the 3rd party exam provider, and the structure of the test and MCQs number differ from other test providers.

Eligibility Criteria of Exam

The eligibility criteria for taking the Exam include having completed a CNA training program from an approved institute with 80% or above and receiving classroom training of at least 75 hours.

Prometric CNA Exam

Eleven states, including Florida, use the Prometric assessment company to administer their CNA test. All CNAs must pass the Florida Nurse Aide Exam to get their license in Florida.

Exam Structure

CNA test is divisible into two portions:

  1. Written portion
  2. Clinical skill portion

Let’s discuss them one by one.

1. Written Portion and Its Outline

Student attempting written exam

Multiple choice questions are used in the written test to evaluate your knowledge and concepts of nursing. 60 MCQs are included in the written Exam. Within 90 minutes, candidates must complete the written Exam. Out of 60 questions, 10 are unscored questions, for example, date, name, etc., and 50 are scored.

In the written portion, MCQs come from the topics covered during the CNA classes, and the number of MCQs from different topics varies. Students must have a general idea about the number of MCQs from various topics to focus on the most critical topics. These are given below.

i. Role of CNAs (20% of the Exam)
  • Approximately 12 MCQs come from this topic, and it includes
  • Communication skills and interpersonal relations
  • Being a member of the healthcare team, CAN’s role
  • Personal responsibility
ii. Fundamental Nursing Care (24% of the Exam)

Approximately 14 MCQs come from this topic, consisting of,

  • Acute emergency
  • Situations such as routine, non-life-threatening, and chronic
iii . Specialized Care (14% of the Exam)

Patients whose health changes daily need specialized care, and approximately 9 MCQs come from this topic, consisting of,

  • Psychological problems
  • Physical problems
  • Physical care skills
  • Post-mortem care and care of the patient who is dying
iv. Patient’s Health and Function Promotion (20% of the Exam)

From this topic, approximately 12 MCQs come, and it consists of

  • Changes related to age
  • Maintenance and restoration of health
  • Personal care skills
  • Patient’s psychological needs
v. Safety Promotion (22% of the Exam)

13 MCQs are expected from this topic, and it involves the following,

  • Patient’s common injuries
  • Comfort and safety
  • Common injuries risks
  • Prevention from fire and safety
  • Emergencies
  • Control and prevention of infection
  • Healthcare environment’s potential hazards
  • Safety devices, for example, alarms, wander guards, etc.

2. Clinical Skills Portion

Clinical Skills

In this portion, also known as the CNA skills test, students must demonstrate their nursing skills by performing different clinical skills on fellow students or mannequins in front of an examiner or evaluator. In the clinical skills exam, students are asked to complete five skills out of 20, with due procedure. To pass this exam portion, students must correctly perform the “critical element steps” of these skills.

The time limit for the test varies between 31 to 40 minutes depending on the skills asked to perform. Make sure to learn all the skills up to the mark and practice them daily.

Handwashing as well as indirect care, are the two skills that are also included in this test.

Prometric Clinical Skills List

In clinical skills evaluation, five of the given 20 skills are mandatory for students to pass this portion of the test. These include handwashing techniques and basic nursing care of the patient. The other skills that will be evaluated are listed below.

  • Help patients utilize a bedpan.
  • Assist the patients in walking with the help of a gait belt
  • Help the patient to change his position to a side-lying position
  • Change the bedsheet while the patient is on the bed
  • Changing the dress of the patient having a broken or weak arm
  • Feeding the resident who is unable to move
  • Urinary bag content removal and measuring the output of the resident
  • Recording and measuring the respiration of resident
  • Recording and measuring the radial pulse of resident
  • Give catheter care to patients with indwelling urinary catheter
  • Give mouth care to a patient (having teeth)
  • Give mouth care to a patient (having denture)
  • Give foot care to the patients (sitting on the chair)
  • Give nail and hand care to the resident
  • Give back rub and partial bath to the patient
  • Give perineal care to the patient suffering from urine incontinence
  • Provide exercise to the ankle. Knee and hip of the patient
  • Give exercise to the wrist and elbow of the patient who is unable to perform this exercise
  • Give exercise to the shoulder of the patient who is unable to move
  • Shifting patient from wheelchair to bed and vice versa with the help of a gait belt, making use of the pivot technique

Important Instructions

Before taking the Exam, make sure you have taken care of the following instructions:

  • Read the exam requirements of your state and know about the identification forms needed on the day of the test
  • Before the Exam, go through several online videos, clinical skills test, and practice test. Taking a lot of practice tests will prepare for the actual exam.
  • Have a healthy meal and try to be at the examination center at least 20 minutes earlier on the day of the Exam